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Off-White: Thaw and Frost by Vyrilien Off-White: Thaw and Frost by Vyrilien
Contest Entry 'Off-white'

Thaw and Frost. Muspel and Nifl. Their names are derived from Muspelheim and Niflheim-the lands of fire and ice respectively in Norse mythology.

Two guardian spirits, brothers, watch over the cycle of water in our world. Where Nifl walks the water condenses, turns solid and becomes ice and snow. Muspel follows closely after, his path melting the ice to turn back into water, evaporating it, causing steam and clouds to drift skyward in his wake.

The presence of both tigers ensures the eternal presence of liquid water in our world, our most valuable source of life. In order to sustain this delicate yet important balance they share a mutual reliance on the other.

Despite this however they are highly competitive and fiercely territorial. Certain parts of our world are predominately the terrority of Nifl, while others are governed by the presence of Muspel. Fights over dominance are reflected in the state of our world's climate, ever shifting and as unpredictable as the spirits' tempers.

In the end, neither truly wins, nor loses. And as the world cycles through night and day their battle continues to rage beneath the surface of our water.




Entry for the :iconoff-white-comic: contest. Off-white is a beautiful (web)comic by :icontanathe: and :iconakreon:, check it out here: [link]


No points for originality since I picked tigers, but I did this mostly to keep myself stimulated to keep painting. More often than not I start a painting, then halfway through I lose interest and start something else. At least doing things such as contests I am forced to actually work on them. So unfortunately it seems I need deadlines in order to finish things. Also tigers are awesome, so yeah. It was better than my 'crab-spirtis-guarding-the-flow-of-eb-and-tide' idea anyway.

Not as polished as my other stuff as I was unable to put as much time into it as I do with my other works, but at least it was a lot of fun. I hate how dark, smokey and difficult to see much of my work is. I had to keep the effects muted as it appeared very chaotic at first, but now I'm not sure the suggestion of frost and thaw is strong enough . I assure you though it looked AWESOME in my head! So apologies.
I might work on it some more later, because I feel like it deserves a bit more attention (it's just that the deadline is a few hours away). Also, anatomy is hard :C You have no idea how many times I had to repaint these two and how many tigers from various angles I had to look at. /end obligatory rant


~Vyrilien

Time taken: 20-ish hours
Tools used: Corel Painter Essentials 3, Photoshop CS2, Wacom Intuos 2, this amazing tutorial: [link]

P.S.: Is it sad I'm happier about the description thing than the actual painting? I think it might be. :lol:

EDIT: I won? *flails uncontrollably* Thank you everyone for all the feedback I've gotten. It's so amazing to see all the positive reactions to my entry! It made my day :'D
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Given 2016-03-07
Off-White: Thaw and Frost by Vyrilien ( Suggested by DesignsbyDiDi and Featured by JunkbyJen )
:iconisicfrost805:
IsicFrost805 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you draw the were~tiger he looks amazing. Just saying cuz you can draw these ones pretty darn nice.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly hadn't heard of weretigers before you brought them up! :) I thank you for the compliments (and the suggestion!) but the human figure/anthro's are kinda outside my comfort zone haha. Rather stick to quadrupeds :D
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:icondenzil007:
Denzil007 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016   Traditional Artist
Really nice art.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:icontigerslikesnow:
Tigerslikesnow Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS YAS TAS YAS YAS YAS YAS
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:icontigerslikesnow:
Tigerslikesnow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Lol I love it
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With a username like that, I can see the tiger devotion is strong haha! :) And for good reason, tigers are awesome
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:icontigerslikesnow:
Tigerslikesnow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yay they are I got the name from my stuffed animal white tiger named snow so I put my username as tigerslikesnow and I end up getting asked about it because I have the same username for many other sites lol 🐯
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, that's awesome :)
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:icontigerslikesnow:
Tigerslikesnow Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks that's the first I get put down on other sites because of my username
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why? It's nobody's business but yours I'd say! It's not like the name is offensive or anything =P People with too much time on their hands maybe.
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XSamuraiEdgeX Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wwwwwwooooooooowwwwww!!!! just wwwwwwwoooowwwwwww!!Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! 
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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:iconsamphai:
samphai Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
GREAT WORK!!!!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for bringing it to my attention! :)
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:icondaisysk:
DAISYsk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
So cool!!!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:icondaisysk:
DAISYsk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016
Your welcome!! X3
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:iconkatzaphire:
KatZaphire Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work Thumbsup Emoticon by Weapons-Expert-Cool Clapping Emoticon by Weapons-Expert-Cool
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconthe-emirates-edition:
The-Emirates-Edition Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016   Photographer
Majestic
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks :)
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:iconthestormseeker:
TheStormSeeker Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Balance between light and darkness, between our inner conflicts
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:iconangelofdarkness089:
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely amazing work, wow!
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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:iconalys-s:
Alys-s Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And this

Is how I died. 

Too much awesomeneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssss :nuu:
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:iconmidnightdarkness1:
MidnightDarkness1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing!!
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:icontabbyforfoxy2523:
TabbyforFoxy2523 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing art work
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:icontaviikat:
TaviiKat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Student Writer
I just LOVE the eye markings from Off-white so much.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too! :heart: I also really love it though when you see either Skoll or Hati's forms in the spiritual plane (if that's what it is) and their heads are all sinister-looking skulls and their bodies all wirey: akreon.deviantart.com/art/off-… :)
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:icontaviikat:
TaviiKat Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Student Writer
Yes! It reminds me of that Okami wolf.
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:iconarianaaviles:
arianaaviles Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
Looks amazing.
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:iconinoueflameheart:
inoueflameheart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Dhiren and Kishan from The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck. Lovely! :D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta read that book one of these days! Sounds like my cup of tea :heart: Thank you!
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:iconlisameart:
lisameart Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Amazing O.O
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:icondavcm64:
DAVCM64 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
FIERRO PARIENTE, NO LO HAGA COMPA
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:iconscarlett-hyde:
Scarlett-Hyde Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! 
These two actually remind me of two of my ocs!
Well done! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
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:iconfloweytheflower25:
FloweyTheFlower25 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Student Artist
chara plz KILL
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:icondelvallejoel:
delvallejoel Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wow!
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:iconitpink:
Itpink Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
How can I buy a print of this?
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is an orange icon to the right side of the deviation 'Buy This Print'. Unfortunately I don't sell my work outside of deviantART so I'm pretty clueless on what happens after you press that button, haha. But there should be a lot of options available at least size-wise, print type etc. :)
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Sci-Fifan95 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
The Yin Yang feel to this image is really, really cool.  The detail is so great, and in general I just really like it.  Fantastic job.
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:iconacuraaquatosphoenix:
AcuraAquatosPhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student Artist
Well done! I love how shiny frost are <3 *glomps Frost*
Amazing details on the fur.<3
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart: He appreciates the glomp :'D
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:iconleahowlett:
LeaHowlett Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So... Ren and Kishan...?
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think someone else mentioned that before too :) But no, never read it, and I designed after Off-White (webcomic) characters. Only their powers and species were from me, the whole White with blue and Black with red spirits-thing that are made of complimenting animal pairs-idea doesn't come from me. I just happen to adore tigers! :D
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